Aventura Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a family member has been hurt in a vehicle accident, you may be unclear about the next steps to take. At my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., I am ready to fight for your interests so that you can focus on healing.
Handling the aftermath of a car accident can be complicated and exhausting, even before you file a lawsuit. Trying to recover from an accident while working on a personal injury lawsuit may be overwhelming, if not impossible, for most people. It is in your best interests to hire a skilled attorney who can handle your case and work on getting you the compensation you need to pay for your recovery. Compensation can include damages for medical expenses, property expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
I am lawyer Jared Newman, and the secret behind my success stems from the undivided attention I give to each of my clients. Every personal injury case is unique and requires a customized strategy tailored to the client’s needs and goals. If you were injured in a car crash, contact my firm at 954-281-7709 for a free legal consultation.
Car Accidents In Aventura, Florida
In every car accident case, the circumstances are extremely different. Therefore, it is essential to consult an experienced attorney who will help you calculate the type and amount of compensation that you might be entitled to after going through a serious incident. Because I work on a contingency fee basis, you will not have to pay any legal fees until I secure fair compensation for you.
How Common Are Car Accidents In Aventura?
Car accidents are extremely common in Aventura, Florida. Most people spend time on the roads and highways of our state every day commuting to work, dropping kids off at school or running errands. With so many vehicles on the road at all hours of the day, accidents are practically inevitable. From minor fender benders to extremely serious collisions, accidents happen every day in and around Aventura.
Because car accidents are so common and the expenses related to them are so high, drivers in Florida must carry insurance. If you are found to be driving while uninsured, you might face legal penalties, including but not limited to steep fines. Uninsured drivers also make themselves vulnerable to lawsuits that insurance would have otherwise covered.
The aftermath of an accident can be scary. If you are in an accident, you should get medical treatment immediately. Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, you should get a doctor’s opinion before doing anything else. In the meantime, an attorney can handle your business with insurance companies and try to get your expenses covered. If your insurance is not enough, an attorney can help you file a lawsuit against the other driver to claim damages. I have the skills and experience to help you after an accident.
How Long Do You Have To File A Lawsuit After A Car Accident In Florida?
According to the Florida statute of limitations, a plaintiff has four years from the date of a car accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once this time limit has passed, they could be barred from filing their claim at all. Statutes of limitations are designed to limit plaintiffs from bringing lawsuits that are too old and far removed from the relevant incident or accident. While four years might seem like quite a long time to bring a lawsuit, it is shorter than you think. Some people do not immediately realize they can bring a lawsuit until years after an accident. You also have to consider the time it takes to recover from the accident, gather evidence and build a case.
While the statute of limitations imposes a hard deadline, there may be ways around it. Under certain circumstances, the statute could be tolled and you could be allowed more time to bring a lawsuit. Whether you can toll the statute and how much extra time you can have depends on your circumstances. Talk to me to determine if you can toll the statute of limitations.
Do You Need To Seek Medical Treatment Right Away?
You absolutely must seek medical treatment immediately after any car accident. In minor cases, medical treatment might not be totally necessary at the scene, and some people are able to drive themselves to the hospital later. In any case, getting immediate medical care after a car accident is crucial for several reasons. First, it is in the best interest of your overall health and well-being. Second, it helps you build a record of your injuries and medical expenses that can be used when you claim damages in your lawsuit.
Waiting to get treated by a doctor could put you at a disadvantage legally. By waiting to get treatment, you create a medical record that is less than accurate. By the time you seek treatment, your injuries might be partially recovered, and you might not claim as much in damages as you otherwise could have. You also put yourself at serious risk. Your injuries might not be externally visible, and you could be suffering from serious internal damage. Call me to discuss your medical records from your accident.
Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Laws For Car Accidents
Florida is one of a handful of states that employs a no-fault system for insurance after car accidents. Under the state’s no-fault system, both drivers in a car collision file claims with their own insurance companies. So, instead of going after the other guy’s insurance, you file a claim with your own. Drivers are required to have at least $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance, and this money may be paid out regardless of who is at fault.
The no-fault system is very helpful for injured drivers who have minor damages and expenses. For example, a single trip to the emergency room and a few repairs to your vehicle could be covered by your insurance, and you would not have to file a lawsuit. However, when your personal injury protection insurance is not enough, you must file a lawsuit against the other driver. To be permitted to file a lawsuit, you must suffer a serious injury, which usually means an injury that is permanent or involves scarring, disfigurement or the loss of a bodily function.
If you want to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver from your car accident but you are unsure whether you can get around Florida’s no-fault laws, talk to me at my firm, Jared Newman, Esq., today.
What If The Other Driver Was Uninsured Or Underinsured?
Usually, when you file a lawsuit against another driver for a car accident, the other driver’s insurance pays your compensation. In many cases, plaintiffs reach settlement agreements with the defendants’ insurance companies instead of going to court. However, uninsured or underinsured defendants can really throw a wrench in the works.
If your defendant is uninsured, this may not pose much of a problem at first. After all, in Florida, you have to go through your own insurance first before going after the other driver’s insurance. However, if your insurance proves insufficient and you need to sue to get fair compensation, you will have to sue the other driver personally. In addition, the other driver might face legal penalties for failing to carry any insurance as required.
Should You Negotiate With The Insurance Company On Your Own?
You should never try to negotiate with the insurance company on your own. While it is the function of an insurance company to pay for their customers’ injuries and damages after accidents, these companies avoid doing so. If there is an opportunity for the insurance company to get out of paying you, it will take it.
When talking to insurance companies about your accident, you must choose your words carefully. What might sound like an innocent statement to you could be construed as an admission of wrongdoing to an insurance company. Even saying how sorry you are about the accident could be used against you. To the insurance company, only guilty people are sorry. I know how to talk to insurance companies so that you can get your compensation quickly. Call me today for a legal consultation.
I Can Help
A good auto accident attorney will have your best interests in mind and negotiate aggressively with the insurance companies. I am ready to fight on your behalf to make sure that you are compensated fairly for your injuries. Call my firm in Aventura at 954-281-7709 for a free consultation.